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Zuma elected South Africa's president

Ruling party boss Jacob Zuma Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma (born Inkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, April 12, 1942) is a former Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa and current deputy president of the governing political party, the African National Congress (ANC).  was Wednesday elected South Africa's fourth president since the fall of apartheid, in a parliamentary vote two weeks after a sweeping election victory by his ANC ANC
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African National Congress


ANC African National Congress: South African political movement instrumental in bringing an end to apartheid

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The African National Congress African National Congress (ANC), the oldest black (now multiracial) political organization in South Africa; founded in 1912. Prominent in its opposition to apartheid, the organization began as a nonviolent civil-rights group.  (ANC) seized a large majority in parliament in general elections on April 22, and easily voted in Zuma as president with his supporters chanting "Zuma, Zuma" as the result was announced.

Zuma took 277 votes -- 13 seats more than the ANC holds -- while Mvume Dandala from the ANC breakaway break·a·way  
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1. Designed to break, bend, or fall apart easily upon impact, especially to create an illusion, as with a theater prop, or for safety, as with a highway sign or barrier.

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 party, the Congress of the People, took 47.

"I accordingly declare that Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is duly elected president of the republic of South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. ," said Pius Langa, chief justice of the Constitutional Court, who presided over the proceedings.

"I have the honour of congratulating you on your election as president," he added.

The main opposition Democratic Alliance, which holds 67 seats, abstained from the vote.
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